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16 June headlines
Climate change will ‘cost world far more than estimated’
Lord Stern, the world’s most authoritative climate economise, has issued a stark warning that the financial damage caused by global warming will be considerably greater than current models predict. This makes it more important than ever to take urgent action to curb climate change by reducing carbon emissions, he argues. Independent.
EU to limit production of biofuels from food crops
EU energy ministers agreed to limit production of biofuels made from food crops, in response to criticism these stoke inflation and do more environmental harm than good. The ministers’ endorsement of a new compromise overcomes last year’s stalemate when EU governments failed to agree on a proposed 5% cap on the use of biofuels based on crops such as maize or rapeseed. Guardian.
Households must recycle 70 per cent of all rubbish, say Brussels
British households will be forced to recycle almost three-quarters of their rubbish, under European Commission plans for a tough new target expected to be announced within weeks. A leaked drafts shows that Brussels is planning to propose a legally-binding target of 70% of all household waste to be recycled by 2030. Telegraph.
NASA to launch first satellite to chart levels of carbon dioxide in atmosphere
NASA plan to launch its first satellite dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in the Earth’s atmosphere. The $465 million Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission seeks to provide a more complete picture of human and natural sources of carbon dioxide globally, as well as sinks where carbon dioxide is absorbed. Bloomberg.
Unesco to rule on Tasmania forest and Great Barrier Reef
An Australian plan to chop down 74,000 hectares of protected Tasmanian forest for timber will be discussed at a UN cultural organisation meeting. The Tasmanian forest is part of a Unesco World Heritage Site, but the Australian government wants this status revoked so logging can begin. Thousands of people in Tasmania have protested against the move. BBC.
Zurich’s eco-warrior leads quiet green revolution – Financial Times
Global land prices and the future of farming – Financial Times
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